When someone makes a promise to us, how seriously do we take it? When God makes a promise to us, how seriously do we take it? Do you know what God’s promises are? This article contains promises of God from the Bible.
What is a Promise?
According to Nelson’s Bible Dictionary, a promise is “A solemn pledge to perform or grant a specified thing.” Therefore, a promise is an earnest commitment to perform what is vowed to execute. When we receive a promise, we should be assured that we will receive what is promised. This assurance is especially true of the promises of God.
Promises of God from the Bible
In this article, we will look at some of the promises of God from the Bible. 2 Peter 1:2-4 reads:
2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Through our knowledge of God and Jesus, we receive grace and peace, and as soon as we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we become rich. This richness is enclosed within the promises of God. God’s promises apply to us when we make this change in our lives. This promise includes His divine power that enables us to live a life of glory and virtue, allowing us to escape the world’s corruption caused by evil desires. God has promised us the divine nature.
Rom 5:6-11 reads:
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
10 For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
11 Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. NIV
God promises reconciliation. When we received Jesus Christ as our personal savior, He forgave us of all our sins and bought us into a personal relationship, and from that point on, we are a child of God; we have a heritage. We are reconciled to God through the death of Christ
He made us a promise found in 1 John 1:9, which says:
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
God promises to forgive our sins and cleanse us if we confess them. To “confess our sins” means to agree with God that an act or thought was wrong, to seek forgiveness, and to commit not to let it happen again (repent). For more on repentance, please read this website’s article, Repentance and Sin.
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” NIV
We have His continued presence in our lives. God promises never to leave us or desert us. Therefore, we must focus on Him instead of our material wants and needs; we must be content with what we have.
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— NIV
God promises us the Holy Spirit “forever.” The Holy Spirit empowers us and gives us direction and wisdom in our lives.
God promises to supply our daily needs. Matt 6:25, 31
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ NIV
1 John 5:14-15
14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
15 And if we know that he hears us — whatever we ask — we know that we have what we asked of him. NIV
God promises answered prayers to Christians that pray according to His will. How can Christians pray this way? How do we know what God’s will is? This occurrence happens as a part of their growth in their relationship with Jesus Christ. When Christians willingly align our will with God’s will, the Holy Spirit in us will teach us to understand God’s will more fully. The Holy Spirit discloses God’s will as it is taught in the Bible. The Holy Spirit, in turn, aids us in praying in line with God’s will (see Rom 8:26-27). Jesus was an example of this: He taught His followers to pray for God’s will to be accomplished on earth (Matt 6:10), and he chose God’s will over his own in accepting the bitter cup of His death on the cross (Matt 26:39-42).
5 If any one of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask God who gives generously to everyone, and does not reproach one with it afterward,
God promises wisdom. Wisdom enables us to see things from God’s perspective. We have the wisdom of God dwelling within us. It is important to note that God’s promises do not submit to our plans. This verse does not support our asking God for wisdom to bring about our will. Instead, we should humbly ask him for wisdom to remain in his will.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. NIV
God promises us peace. When we rejoice in the Lord and present our concerns to Him, He promises to give us a peace that is beyond human understanding. No one can understand having peace when things are going south.
4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. NIV
He promises to give us the desires of our hearts. To delight in someone means to experience great pleasure and joy in someone’s presence. This state occurs only when we know that individual well. Therefore, to delight in the Lord, we have to know him better. Knowledge of God’s great love for us will certainly give us delight.
1 Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits —
3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, NIV
God promises us healing in times of sickness in addition to forgiving our sins, not that we deserve it, but because of His love, mercy, and grace.
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. NIV
God promises in His Word that nothing can separate His love for us. We have the cherished gift of the unconditional love of God.
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. NIV
He promises us eternal life.
1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. NIV
Last but certainly not least, God promises us heaven.
God’s promises assure us that if we trust Him, we can live the best life on this earth. However, that doesn’t mean our lives will be perfect and trouble-free. But He will be with us and work everything out for our good as the Scripture reads in Rom 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” NIV
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